Huawei, a Chinese company, presented their smartphone operating system on Friday, claiming that this can replace Google’s Android.
HarmonyOS is the accent of Huawei’s growing ability. As No.2 global smartphone brand and biggest maker of network gear for phone carriers, Huawei now creates technology while it reduces its reliance on American vendors.
The U.S. President Donald Trump has banned the Chinese company from its access to American resources. Huawei is just making sure to have a backup in case Android will not be available for Huawei smartphone owners. Nevertheless, Huawei will keep using Android as Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, stated during the conference for software developers in the southern city of Dongguan in China.
“However, if we cannot use it in the future, we can immediately switch to Harmony OS,” Yu said.
Beijing vs. Washington
Huawei got caught in the middle of Washington and Beijing battle over the ruling of Communist Party’s ambitions to develop companies that can compete in robotics and other fields.
Trump’s side says that Beijing’s work only came from stealing or pressuring companies to provide technology for them, saying that their Chinese campaign violates its free-trade obligations.
Washington allegedly identified Huawei as a security threat, an accusation the company denies. Additionally, American officials see the growth of the Chinese companies as a potential threat to U.S. industrial supremacy.
Huawei’s supplies from U.S.
Huawei spends about $12 billion a year on U.S. semiconductor chips and other components. The company stated that the decrease of exports from America will trim its projected sales by $30 billion over two years.
From then, Trump has lifted the ban on Huawei from getting supplies from his country as American technology suppliers wailed their massive loss from the forfeit of one of their biggest customers.
The Chinese company has also developed its own chipsets for its low-end smartphones and servers, though admitted that it still needs its U.S. vendors for the components of the company’s most advanced products.
Success of Huawei
Huawei’s Honor brand will be in use of the HarmonyOS on its release this Saturday.
The company reported that its smartphone sales rose 24% in the first 6 months of the year over its sales of $58.3 billion a year ago.
“We could have done better, but due to the challenges we face in the international market, our shipments dropped a bit,” Yu said.
However, Liang Hua, chairman of the company, warned the brand in possibly facing difficulties in the second half of 2019.
Liang also mentioned the company is reviewing its product line to assure its function even without the consumption of U.S. components, as much as necessary.
HarmonyOS is designed to operate not only on smartphones but also on PCs and tablet computers. It will be an open source to allow outside developers to contribute to its advancement, Yu said.
“We want to build a global operating system, so it will not be used by Huawei alone.”